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TNA E-News – April 2021

Check out the TNA April E-News below, with national and Victorian arts news, industry goss, and current positions vacant. Make sure you sign up to receive the E-News in your inbox by using the form at the bottom of the page.


A Warm Welcome to TNA’s Two New Staff Members
After a thorough recruitment process, TNA is delighted to announce Joshua Lowe as General Manager and Steph Cox as Program Manager (Circus and Physical Theatre, Safe Theatres, and Events). Read their bios. 

23 Apr – VIPI Salon: Indie Artists x Indie Producers Gathering
An in-person gathering of independent artists and independent producers at Footscray Community Art Centre. 23 April, 10.45am – 1pm. Bookings close 19 Apr, 9am AEST.

1000 x 1000: Crisis Cash Extended till June in Response to End of JobKeeper
Crisis Cash remains open, accepting both donations and EOIs requesting financial assistance. If you are an independent artist, producer or crew in the performing arts and continue to be severely impacted by COVID-19, fill out this simple EOI to apply for a one-off emergency payment of $1,000.

Behind the Scenes Podcast
Rani Pramesti (TNA) and Lana Nguyen (independent producer) chat to Chris Thompson from Behind The Scenes about the advocacy work that TNA has been doing in support of independent artists.

Victorian Independent Producers Initiative (VIPI): Recipients of Unlocking Capacity Round 2
Congratulations to the recipients of the Unlocking Capacity Grant: Sonya Suares, Kath Papas Productions, Freya Waterson and Malia Walsh. Round 3 opens in the second half of 2021.

7 May – TNA’s AGM: All Welcome 
TNA’s famously fast AGM will confirm the minutes of the previous AGM; receive and consider the 2020 annual report and the 2020 financial statements; and confirm the appointment of new board members. 11.30 – 11.45am AEST, Online. Only members can vote but all welcome. RSVP here.


13 Apr – Australia Council Arts and Disability Mentoring Initiative
Grants of $30,000 for individuals with disability undertaking an artistic collaboration involving mentoring.

16 Apr – Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) Gathering at Darwin Festival: Profile EOIs
Profiles will highlight the repertoire, ideas and ambitions of performing artists and companies. Share new and existing projects, and invite collaboration and potential partners. All profile presentations will take place online. Digital program: 10 – 19 Aug. In Person Gathering: 14 – 17 Aug. Submit EOI.

19 Apr – Artlands Call for Papers and Presentations
Seeking EOIs from speakers who can respond to or reflect on multi-discipline art practice in regional, rural or remote Australia, or within the Asia-Pacific or globally.  Presenters may travel to Launceston, present via one of Artland’s regional hubs, or join the gathering digitally.

20 Apr – Eventide Conversations: Arts Advocacy – We Are Essential
Moderated by TNA’s Rani Pramesti, this panel discussion features Hong Kong Arts Development Council, BlakDance, Diversity Arts Australia, and Our Hong Kong Foundation. Presented by Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association and Australian Performing Arts Market. 7.30pm – 8.45pm AEST. Register.

21 Apr – Australian Performing Arts Exchange (APAX) Applications
Present at APAX. For individuals, artists, producers and other organisations with an interest in reaching Australian and overseas presenters. Event dates: 6 – 10 Sep. Hybrid event with options to attend in-person at NIDA (Sydney) or online.

22 Apr – Creative Partnerships Australia Knowledge Series
90-minute webinars on essential fundraising topics. $40 per session. Runs on Thursdays until 17 Jun, 11:30am – 1pm AEST. Upcoming: Creating Transformational Major Donor Experiences (22 Apr), Corporate Partnerships in 2021 and Beyond (29 Apr), Effective Donor Cultivation (6 May).

26 Apr – Apply for National Library Australia (NLA) Fellowships
Open to researchers in any field or discipline undertaking advanced research projects, where the Library’s collections are able to support desired outcomes. Includes honorarium of $1,000 per week for 12 weeks, as well as travel and accommodation support. Apply for NLA Fellowship.

30 Apr – Adapt Conference (Queensland)
Adapt brings together Stage Queensland’s Box Office and Marketing professionals and Venue Managers/Programmers with arTour’s Queensland Touring Showcase network for professional development, networking and connection. Dates: 8 & 9 Jun. Early Bird registrations close end Apr.

3 May – Australian Women’s Directors Alliance (AWDA): Staging Australian Women’s Lives
The project documents methods women theatre makers use to address gendered oppression and violence. Connect with AWDA at an upcoming event on 3 May at 7pm, details to be announced.

14 May – APAM Gathering at DreamBIG Festival: Registrations Open
With a focus on works for multigenerational audiences, engage in a digital and IRL program of performance, dialogue and networking. Digital Gathering: 14 – 24 May. In Real Life: 19 – 23 May. Tickets from $110.

Tour School: Professional Development Program for Artists and Community Presenters
Series of free webinars by Regional Arts Victoria for touring artists and community presenters. Focus areas include developing and promoting online productions, understanding accessibility and its audience development potential, as well as COVID-Safety. New content available each month.

Support Act First Nations Dedicated Support Line 1800 861 085
Free and confidential service for First Nations music and arts workers who are concerned about any aspect of their mental health and wellbeing. Available 24/7.

The Equity Health Database
database of psychologists, psychiatrists and GPs for performers and crew.

Phase 4: COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor
National Snapshot Report for March 2021 shows audiences are spending more on ticket sales compared to September 2020 and are becoming more comfortable interacting in public and visiting a wide range of public venues.

National Performing Arts Touring Scan
The report provides a picture of pre-COVID touring activity and outlines the scope of performing arts touring and associated engagement activities.

Cracking the Glass-Cultural Ceiling: Future Proofing Your Business in the 21st Century
This Diversity Council Australia report makes a case for improving pathways to leadership positions for culturally diverse women.

Resources on Gender Gaps, Gender Balance and Sexual Harrassment
Gender gaps in the Cultural and Creative Sectors by European Expert Network on Culture and Audiovisual (EENCA) | Manual on Combatting Sexual Harassment by International Federation of Actors (FIA) | Gender Balance in the Cultural and Creative Sectors by Voices of Culture


14 Apr – LGBTIQ+ Organisational Development Grants
Up to $50,000 in support for LGBTIQ+ organisations and groups seeking to build their capacity and strengthen their long-term viability.

21 Apr – Grants for Resilience and Wellness (GR&W) 
Focuses on providing assistance of up to $20,000 towards community-strengthening and resilience-building projects for communities affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires.

24 Apr – ButohOUT! Workshop: What is our New Ab/Normal
Weekend workshop for participants to dive into an interdisciplinary collaboration between Butoh, voice, and visual art. 9am – 6pm on Saturday and Sunday. $300/$280, but contact organisers if finances are an issue.

3 May – Platform Lab (Geelong): Paid Residency for Emerging Artists
7-month residency for artists/ collectives providing $5,000 and in-kind support for professional and creative development. Residency culminates in new artistic works to be presented locally and toured at national festivals, organisations and events.

19 May – Showcase Victoria
This year’s transitional program is a one-day event featuring over 50 works. Reflect, reconnect and re-imagine the future of performing arts touring. Ticket prices start at $25 for indies and non-funded orgs.


21 Apr – Shifting and Stirring Season 3: A Creative License to Re-imagine
QPAC’s Lia Pa’apa’a & Merindi Schrieber share the Ngamumu journey of creating culturally safe spaces and meaningful arts practices for mums and babies. Re-imagine and re-invigorate child-rearing practices through a creative lens. 11am – 1pm AEST / 9am – 11am AWST, Free to register.

3 May – NIDA Open Equity Scholarships
Offering over $50,000 worth of complimentary tuition for young people and emerging artists experiencing financial or other disadvantage. Open to students from Grade 3 to adults, regardless of previous experience or professional ambition. Applications can be made by individuals or by an organisation on behalf an individual. 4 rounds across the year, next deadline is 3 May.

1 Oct – Bibu: Swedish Performing Arts Biennial for Children and Youth / ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering 2022
Call for international performances that are visioned, produced and creatively led by Indigenous Performing Artists of all abilities.


17 Apr – Spin Circus Australian Partner Acrobatic Convention (APAC) on Tour
APAC recently hosted a large convention in Victoria, and are travelling around to host smaller conventions across Australia. Canberra 17 – 18 Apr | Sydney 23 – 25 Apr | Brisbane 29 Apr – 2 May.

24 Apr – Adelaide Juggling Convention
A weekend of workshops, games and shows around learning and sharing new skills in juggling, spinning and fun. 24 – 25 Apr.

18 Apr – Highwire Auditions
Seeking female and non-binary circus artists for the creation of a new show. Contact with questions or fill out EOI form.


  • Sue Giles, Artistic Director of Polyglot Theatre, has been elected as President of ASSITEJ – International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People.
  • Brisbane Powerhouse CEO Fiona Maxwell will step down from her role on 30 June 2021.
  • Jeremy Miller will step down from his role as Executive Director of Monkey Baa Theatre.
  • Alysha Herrmann steps down from her role as Creative Producer Regional Youth at Carclew.
  • Robi Stanton has been appointed as Chair of Performing Lines.
  • JUTE announces Monica Stevens as Creative Producer.
  • WA Youth Theatre Company (WAYTCO) farewells General Manager Mollie Hewitt.
  • Salamanca Arts Centre has announced Lucien Simon as Performing Arts Programme Coordinator.
  • Rhoda Roberts has stepped down as Head of First Nations programming at Sydney Opera House to take on a new role as Creative Director, First Nations at Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA).
  • Wesley Enoch AM has been appointed Indigenous Chair for the Creative Industries at Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
  • Nick Hardcastle has been appointed as Festival Director of Short + Sweet Sydney.
  • Placemakers Gold Coast & BLEACH* Festival have announced the resignation of General Manager Matt Wilson.
  • Sydney WorldPride 2023 (SWP2023) has announced the appointment of Festival Creative Director Daniel Clarke and Festival Creative Director – First Peoples Ben Graetz.
  • Amber Hasler is stepping down from her role as Fringe World Festival Director.
  • Opera Queensland (OQ) has appointed Adam Tucker as Executive Producer.
  • Merrigong Theatre Company has appointed Rachel Francis to the role of General Manager.
  • Mullum Circus Festival welcomes Chelsea McGuffin (Programming/ Youth Circus Symposium Director), Simone Evans (Associate Producer) and Sienna Dillon (Production/ Site Coordinator) to its team. They farewell Valley Lipcer after an extensive year of planning for the festival.


CEO/ Artistic Director, Brisbane Powerhouse (QLD). Apply by 14 Apr.
Marketing & Development Coordinator, ActNow Theatre (SA). Apply by 14 Apr.
Development and Marketing Manager, Western Edge Youth Arts (VIC). Apply by 14 Apr.
Creative Producer, Riverland Youth Theatre (SA). Apply by 15 Apr.
Finance & Operations Coordinator, Australian Theatre for Young People (NSW). Apply by 15 Apr.
Digital and Marketing Manager. Australian Plays Transform (TAS). Apply by 16 Apr.
ArtLife Engagement Worker, Footscray Community Arts Centre (VIC). Apply by 16 Apr.
Production Manager, Opera Australia (NSW). Apply by 16 Apr.
Marketing, Communications & Sales Officer, Cairns Regional Council – Creative Venues (QLD). Apply by 16 Apr.
Marketing Officer Arts Culture Community, Hobsons Bay City Council (VIC). Apply by 16 Apr.
Philanthropy & Sponsorship Specialist, The Last Great Hunt (WA). Apply by 18 Apr.
Production Manager, The Last Great Hunt (WA). Apply by 18 Apr.
Producer/ Tour Coordinator, Highwire (VIC). Apply by 18 Apr.
Arts Recovery Project Officer, Rural City of Wangaratta (VIC). Apply by 18 Apr.
Venue Manager, Centre for Creativity, Sydney Opera House (NSW). Apply by 18 Apr.
Business Manager, Melbourne, NIDA (VIC). Apply by 18 Apr.
Director of Operations, Regional Arts Victoria (VIC). Apply by 19 Apr.
Marketing & Box Office Coordinator, Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NSW). Apply by 19 Apr.
Executive Assistant, Adelaide Festival (SA). Apply by 19 Apr.
Technical Supervisor, Bell Shakespeare (NSW). Apply by 19 Apr.
Philanthropy Manager (Maternity Cover), Australian Brandenburg Orchestra (NSW). Apply by 19 Apr.
Regional Arts Fund First Nations Cultural Worker, Flying Arts Alliance Inc (QLD). Apply by 19 Apr.
Lighting Supervisor, Sydney Theatre Company (NSW). Apply by 19 Apr.
Lighting Workshop Technician, Sydney Theatre Company (NSW). Apply by 19 Apr.
Venue Services Officer – Front of House (Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Id), Darebin City Council (VIC). Apply by 19 Apr.
Cultural Officer, Wagga Wagga City Council (NSW). Apply by 20 Apr.
Director of Operations and Open Programs (Parental Leave Cover), Sydney Dance Company (NSW). Apply by 21 Apr.
Casual Ticketing Team Member – Civic Theatre, City of Newcastle (NSW). Apply by 22 Apr.
Executive Director, Craft Victoria (VIC). Apply by 23 Apr.
Head of Production, Newtheatricals (NSW). Apply by 23 Apr.
Administration Coordinator, Helpmann Academy (SA). Apply by 23 Apr.
Senior Manager Operations, Opera Australia (NSW). Apply by 23 Apr.
Marketing Executive, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra (NSW). Apply by 25 Apr.
Casual Customer Experience Team Member – Civic Theatre, City of Newcastle (NSW). Apply by 25 Apr.
CEO Business, Blakdance (QLD). Apply by 26 Apr.
Senior Producer, Blakdance (QLD). Apply by 26 Apr.
Communications and Office Coordinator, Music Victoria (VIC). Apply by 27 Apr.
Advocacy Director, National Association for the Visual Arts (NSW). Apply by 30 Apr.
Theatre Technicians, Drum Theatre (VIC). Apply by 30 Apr.
Board Member (Volunteer), Ausdance ACT (ACT). Apply by 30 Apr.
Lead Trainer, Circa (QLD).
Artistic Planning Coordinator (Maternity Leave Cover), Australian Ballet (NSW).


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Compiled by Yuhui Ng-Rodriguez for Theatre Network Australia.

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